Revelation 4:9–11 (ESV)
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him
who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
I hear people sometimes say they don’t like the liturgy
of the Lutheran Church; that the worship style is dead. Well, I tell you it is anything but dead. In fact, the more you study God's Word, the more you see "life" in the liturgy. Especially when you look at how worship is taking place in heaven.
I am not speaking against contemporary worship styles, but I am standing up to traditional worship styles and I will claim that traditional worship is not dead, especially in the Lutheran Church. Here are the words from our Hymn of Praise that we sing
on Sundays called “This is the Feast”: “This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God. This is the feast of victory for our
God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Power, riches, wisdom and strength, and honor, blessing, and glory are His. This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation.
Blessing, honor, glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen. This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia. This is the feast of victory for
our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.” If you know this song, you can’t read it... you gotta sing it! It just leaps out of you. If you don't know it, well.. you should. I remember when I first became a Lutheran and
I heard this song for the first time, I literally couldn’t wait to go to church the following week to sing it. These words are not dead. They are full of praises! This is what the angels are doing, this is what the saints are doing,
this is what YOU will be doing when you get to heaven. Now, while singing praises and seeing the twenty four elders fall to their knees while worshiping God. Next thing you know, you're on your knees worshiping God. The believers will be
seeing God face-to-face and will be worshiping forever and ever. Getting back to the theme of Revelation... endure until the end. Don’t let anything come between you and God. I pray: Lord, I look forward to worshiping you forever
and ever. Help me to not let little things get in my way. Lord, you are so much bigger than the distractions that go on in my life, work, or even in church. Help me to prioritize and make you number one. Thank you for your forgiveness
and the gift of eternal life and Salvation. Amen.